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Weekly Whatup, 12/15

Santa Claus is coming to town very shortly, and I've never been patient enough to wait until Christmas to find out what will be under the tree.

December 14, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Ga. Tech looking to end 4-year bowl losing streak

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech has a tradition of being in BCS bowls. Though their recent destinations make that fact seem like ancient history.

December 14, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Ingram takes Heisman in closest race ever

NEW YORK - Mark Ingram completed the trophy case at Alabama, delivering the first Heisman to a school that boasts one of the richest histories in college football.The tough-running sophomore tailback turned tearful after winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in the closest vote in the award's 75-year history. Next, he'll try to lead the most storied program in the South to a national championship.Ingram finished 28 points ahead of Stanford running back Toby Gerhart.Ingram wiped away tears and took a moment to steady himself before starting his speech. His voice wavered throughout."I'm ...

December 13, 2009 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Montana rallies to put away App. St.

MISSOULA, Mont. - Jabin Sambrano caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Selle with 1:31 left, and Montana survived a last-second rally to beat Appalachian State 24-17 on Saturday and reach the Football Championship Subdivision title game.Montana (14-0) dealt with frigid temperatures and slippery conditions on a snow-covered field to make the championship game for the second straight year. The Grizzlies will play Villanova on Friday night in Chattanooga, Tenn.The Mountaineers (11-3), making their fifth straight semifinal appearance, had a chance to tie the game after marching downfield in the final minute.Armanti Edwards hit Brian Quick to ...

December 13, 2009 | The Associated Press | Sports


Falcons trying to stay in playoff hunt

ATLANTA - The New Orleans Saints are chasing perfection.The Atlanta Falcons are just trying to survive.While the Saints (12-0) have already clinched the NFC South title and merely need a win or tie Sunday at the Georgia Dome to ensure they'll have a first-round bye and at least one playoff game in the Big Easy, the Falcons' hopes of making it back to the playoffs are looking bleaker by the week.Atlanta (6-6) has lost five of its last seven and shows no signs of pulling out of the tailspin, not with a rash of injuries that have ...

December 13, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: 'Monken Mania' hits the Boro

Watch this show on your mobile device!

December 11, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Hawks rout Bulls 118-83

ATLANTA - Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 29 points and the Atlanta Hawks opened the second half with a 20-4 run and beat the Chicago Bulls 118-83 on Wednesday night.The Bulls, who have lost five straight and nine of 10, remained close only in the first period. Atlanta pushed its lead to double digits for good on a jam by Josh Smith with 5:17 remaining in the first half.Smith had 18 points, including an alley-oop jam to cap the decisive 20-4 run and push the lead to 30 points at 76-46 with 3:35 remaining in the third ...

December 09, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Falcon defense faces toughest test yet in Brees, Saints

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Cornerback Brent Grimes knows the Atlanta defense must play a nearly perfect game to have a chance against New Orleans' explosive offense."The odds are against us, obviously," Grimes said Wednesday. "They're the No. 1 offense, but we've got a chance to make a statement."Unfortunately for Grimes and his teammates, the Falcons (6-6) lead the NFL with 49 plays allowed of at least 20 yards. Opponents are converting 46 percent of third downs, second-most in the league.Facing quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints (12-0) on Sunday seems to offer a worst-case scenario for ...

December 09, 2009 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Writer | Sports


Extra arm in pen forces Church out

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves' surplus of late-inning relievers forced the team to part ways with outfielder Ryan Church on Tuesday.Church was designated for assignment by the Braves to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for reliever Rafael Soriano, who made a surprise decision a day earlier to accept salary arbitration.The Braves last week signed closer Billy Wagner and setup man Takashi Saito. The expectation was Soriano and Mike Gonzalez would decline salary arbitration offers and become free agents.Instead, Soriano is still with the Braves. The right-hander can't be traded before June 16 without his consent ...

December 09, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Prep Sports Blitz: 2009 HS Football All-Area Team

Statesboro Herald All-Area Team Special.

December 09, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports




Jackets to face Hawkeyes in Orange Bowl

MIAMI - Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz vividly remembers flipping his television one night last fall and instantly becoming mesmerized by Georgia Tech's spread option offense."I can't imagine trying to get ready for them in a normal week," Ferentz said.Luckily for Ferentz and the Hawkeyes, they'll have a month to prepare.No. 10 Iowa (10-2) will face No. 9 Georgia Tech (11-2) in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 5 in South Florida, a matchup of the Hawkeyes' 11th-ranked defense against the Yellow Jackets' 11th-ranked offense, the misdirection-laden option that blew Ferentz away when he watched the Yellow ...

December 07, 2009 | By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Falcons fading fast after loss to Eagles

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Mike Smith had more injured than healthy offensive starters by the end of the Atlanta Falcons' third loss in their last four games.That was only part of the somber news.The Falcons' 34-7 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday was the team's worst in Smith's two years as coach. The loss left the 6-6 Falcons on the fringe of the NFC wild-card chase.More reason for concern: Just when the Falcons can't afford another loss, the 12-0 New Orleans Saints come to Atlanta next week.Perhaps intent on countering the somber mood, Smith assumed ...

December 07, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Weekly Whatup 12/8

Tis the season for speculation.

December 07, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


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Big weekend for Portal sports: hoops sweeps, swimming places

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February 04, 2017 | By CHRIS STANLEY | Sports


Eagles sweep through Warhawks

In the span of two days, Georgia Southern lost both its undefeated Sun Belt record and its two-game lead atop the conference standings.

February 04, 2017 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


Tomlinson, Warner, Davis part of 7-man Hall of Fame class

HOUSTON - The quarterback served as ringmaster for "The Greatest Show on Turf." The running backs were known simply by their initials: LT and TD. And ...

February 04, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


Ryan, Falcons, Cowboys big winners on NFL awards night

HOUSTON - Matt Ryan and the Dallas Cowboys were big winners Saturday night.

February 04, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


Tiger Woods drops out of Dubai Desert Classic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Tiger Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday with back spasms after shooting an opening-round 77 a day earlier ...

February 03, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


Fan fatigue for Super Bowl?

HOUSTON - It may have been a blip, explained as much by the must-watch presidential debates as by some wholesale turn away from football. Or, decades ...

February 03, 2017 | By EDDIE PELLS AP Sports Writer | Sports


U.S. wrestlers sidelined as Iran retaliates against Trump's ban

American wrestler Jordan Burroughs saw this month's tournament in Iran as a chance to redeem himself after a rough performance at the Rio Olympics.

February 03, 2017 | By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer | Sports


Bulloch Academy rolls to region wrestling title

There are many steps on the road to the third state title in a row for Bulloch Academy, and the next-to-last step was taking their ...

February 03, 2017 | By CHRIS STANLEY cstanley@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Eagles get big win over Cajuns

STATESBORO, Ga. -Alexis Sams scored a season-high 14 points, including the last eight of the game for Georgia Southern, to lift the Eagles to a ...

February 02, 2017 | Georgia Southern AMR | Sports


Heat push streak to 9, roll Hawks 116-93

MIAMI - Ask anyone in the Miami Heat locker room how this is happening, and the answers will all be largely the same.

February 02, 2017 | By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer | Sports


Eagles get big haul on signing day

Standing tall in the Ted Smith Family Football Center Wednesday afternoon, a large billboard proudly displayed the names of the 22 newest Eagles to join ...

February 02, 2017 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


Federer, Nadal face off for Aussie title

MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal took five sets and almost five hours to fend off "Baby Fed" and revive a classic Grand Slam final against the ...

January 26, 2017 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Tiger struggles at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO - The return of Tiger Woods felt more like a celebration Thursday at Torrey Pines.

January 26, 2017 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


GATA Cast - Jan. 25, 2017 - Mike Anthony and Chris Stanley discuss GSU basketball

Join Statesboro Herald sports editor and Georgia Southern beat writer Mike Anthony, along with Herald sportswriter Chris Stanley with analysis, opinion and discussion about sports ...

January 25, 2017 | | Sports


Tormenta, Battery form partnership

South Georgia Tormenta FC turned plenty of heads nationwide in its first season of competition in the Premier Development League. A solid team on the ...

January 25, 2017 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


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